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How Smartphones Can Help You Keep Your Healthy 2014 Resolutions

April 03, 2014

It seems that every year we start with the best intentions to stay fit, eat healthier and maintain healthy life style choices throughout the year. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, losing weight and getting fit both were in the top five New Year resolutions (January 1, 2013). But how long will our goals to a healthier life last? The same study stated that 45% of Americans made New Year resolutions, however only 46% actually maintained these resolutions past six months.

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Quality Outcomes: Electronic Clinical Pathways Improve Outcomes and Generate Referrals

March 12, 2014

Consider adopting clinical pathways to increase nursing visit efficiency, decrease re-hospitalizations and market to referral sources like accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Upper Peninsula Home Health & Hospice of Marquette, Mich., began using such a system from Milwaukee-based software firm Eventium in late 2011.

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The Advantages of Mobile Technology at the Bedside

December 17, 2013

The use of mobile applications in the hospice setting are constantly evolving, almost as fast as the ubiquitous apps that are downloaded to iPads or iPhones every hour of every day.

This rapid evolution is due, in large part, to the realization that mobile applications can help staff improve on the ways they deliver end-of-life care. Whether it’s a hospice aide performing the simplest of tasks or a nurse changing the care plan based on a patient’s latest vital signs, using mobile technology at the point of care allows staff to document and share information among the entire hospice team so everyone is up-to-date and onboard about the patient and family’s current status and needs. And this is in addition to the many operational efficiencies that can be realized, such as eliminating manual and paper- based processes and ultimately reducing errors and production time.

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Maximize the Impact of mHealth Technologies and EHR Platforms

November 22, 2013

Mobile health technology transcends the boundaries and delivery limitations of the health care system by filling the gaps in demanding health care services. With a growing aging population and overstrained health care resources, we as community care leaders need to face the reality of the coming years. Innovative thinking that can leverage mHealth technology will transform the way home health and hospice services will be delivered.

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Pediatrics: A Glimpse into the Future of Home Healthcare?

November 20, 2013

Historically, a Pediatrics program to Homecare was much like Kolkata to Mother Theresa:  a labor of love and a vow of poverty. In any industry, change always generates the need for new businesses, which means new opportunities. As healthcare changes, pediatrics is emerging as a business option and may offer a glimpse into the future of Homecare.

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Social Media in Community Care – Why we need it to improve care delivery

November 20, 2013

The internet has progressed beyond just being a powerful tool; it has become an extension of who we are and today is intertwined with our daily lives. We use it for work, for research, and for enjoyment. Chances are while you are watching television, that your phone, laptop or tablet is not too far away. In fact, you may in fact now be reading this article online or have downloaded it from the internet. The internet is information, and social media has bound us to our immediate need to know what is occurring in the world around us.

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Patient Centered Care: A Call to Evolve Healthcare

November 20, 2013

The days of business as usual are quickly coming to an end for health care, including home healthcare, private duty and hospice.

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Engaging and Empowering Patients for Better Health Outcomes

November 20, 2013

There have been numerous articles that confirm that persons with chronic conditions who are actively involved in their own care and well being will regain their health more quickly than those who are not. Many senior citizens receiving home care live each day as it comes, letting the "professionals" make executive decisions for them and not participating in their own well being.

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Social Media Can Help Home Healthcare and Hospice Organizations

November 20, 2013

Since the inception of social media, access to global information from news sources and from family and friends has become pervasive and instantaneous. Facebook has become the #1 social media application in the world, followed closely by Google + and Twitter. Over 400 million people a day log into their Facebook account to see what is happening with people in their personal network.

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Mobile Applications: Long List of Benefits to Home Healthcare Agencies

November 20, 2013

Mobile technology at the point of care simplifies communication to field staff and leads to better patient outcomes and overall agency results. Mobile applications provide real-time schedule automation, care plans, time and attendance, GPS location information, and more. This month, I explore these features and benefits and more.  

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Smart Devices A Distraction for Healthcare Professionals? I Want A Second Opinion!

November 20, 2013

With the rise of mHealth -- mobile devices used both by patients and their physicians and nurses -- competing articles have been appearing with some regularity arguing whether such devices are distractions to physicians and nurses or a gateway to timely information, more accurate diagnosis, and improved treatment. I did not know on which side of this argument I would stand until I recently spent some time inside the healthcare system after my annual physical.

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Containing the Costs of Delivering Home Care & Hospice with Technology

November 20, 2013

In this third installment of our series, we will:

  • Explore technology opportunities from both a healthcare and cost-savings point of view
  • Point out where each makes sense for a typical home care or hospice agency
  • Look at ways to save time and money by providing the home care worker with with improved automation processes
  • See a few environmental solutions, gained by eliminating the paper that has become unnecessary in today’s evolving technological world.
  • Examine electronic health records that support back office automation processes, and
  • Consider paperless point of care solutions that help reduce costs without compromising the quality of care provided.

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Mobile Applications for Home Care Agencies: Features and Benefits

November 20, 2013

In the second of my HCTR series on wireless technologies, I focus on mobile technology at the point of care. These systems simplify communication to field staff and lead to better patient outcomes and agency results. Mobile applications provide real time automation of schedules, care plans, time and attendance, GPS (Global Positioning System) and location information. Let's take a closer look at these and other features.

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Contain Costs with Interactive Voice Response at the Point of Care

November 20, 2013

Home care agencies and hospices have been struggling to contain the cost of delivering care without compromising the quality of the care delivered. One solution often overlooked is both inexpensive and easy to use.

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As the incidence of chronic disease grows, mHealth makes sense

May 06, 2013

With a growing population of elderly and infirm people in a time of overstrained healthcare resources, we as community-care leaders need to face the reality of the coming years. Innovative thinking that can leverage mHealth technology will transform the way home health and hospice services will be delivered.

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How to assess the value of mobile technologies in community home care

May 06, 2013

Over the past few years, home care and hospice organizations have heard the buzz that mobile devices and their pointof-care (POC) applications are the next big thing in client care. I’m here to tell you that it’s not just buzz, it is reality. At conferences across North America this year, mobile POC technology has been at the forefront. I have heard that, “Technology is a prerequisite of care delivery for accuracy and accountability as well as for reporting”.

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The Advantages of Mobile Technology at the Bedside

April 30, 2013

The use of mobile applications in the hospice setting are constantly evolving, almost as fast as the ubiquitous apps that are downloaded to iPads or iPhones every hour of every day.

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It’s Not Big Brother

February 13, 2013

Fear, uncertainty and doubt. That’s what goes through the heads of field staff when a community care organisation begins the review and eventually the implementation of a mobile technology care management system. Fear of change. No one likes the unknown. It’s uncomfortable. Fear of ‘Big Brother’
watching over their day-to-day work environments. Fear that the organisation does not trust them.

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Electronic Solutions for Home Care that Really Make a Difference

January 14, 2013

There are many different types of technology being used today in the home care market place. From smartphones, to tablets, to laptops, these evolving technology platforms and applications are growing, faster than ever in today’s world. Anytime technology can be used to eliminate paper and manual processing, it will reduce errors and save time dealing with diagnosis and care plan tasks.

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Automation at the point of care for in-home patient care

September 05, 2012

Hospitals, doctors, home care and hospice agencies have been struggling with ways to contain costs of delivering home healthcare without compromising the care delivered to the patient. I will explore two quick and easy to use applications and provide examples of how to apply the technology within a home care agency to reduce the costs of delivering care.  By using these simple automation technologies, agencies can provide a better analysis of current cost data, increase administrative and field staff productivity, reduce errors in care via unnecessary treatments, as well as eliminate potential timesheet fraud. This first article will cover Integrated Voice Response technology and how it works for home care. In May 2012, part two of this article will cover using mobile phones with GPS technology at the point of care.

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Delivering in-home patient care using mobile solutions

September 05, 2012

In March this year I focused on telephony or IVR (Integrated Voice Response) technology to increase accountability of field staff in home care. Telephony allows an agency to gain better data for time and attendance purposes as well as care plan deliverables during a visit.

This month I am focusing on mobile technology at the point of care, which provides real time automation of schedules, care plans, time and attendance, GPS (Global Positioning System) location information, and a many other benefits to a home care agency.
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Containing the costs of delivering community care with technology

September 05, 2012

As we all know, Home Care and Hospice organizations are struggling with ways to contain costs of delivering healthcare, without compromising the quality of care delivered to the patient. In this article I will explore technology opportunities on both a health and a cost savings front, and point out where these make sense for an organization. I will demonstrate ways to save time and money with better automation processes for the home care provider. Along the way we will even find some environmental fixes, gained by eliminating the paper that has become unnecessary in today’s evolving technological world. Electronic health records to support back office automation processes and paperless point of care solutions will help reduce spending without compromising the quality of care provided.

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Links among hospitals, community care and nurses help resolve ALC woes

September 01, 2011

Once you fought your way through the fog of presenters’ PowerPoints, three-syllable words and unexplained acronyms at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), phew, in Toronto, one thing did come clear. Forging firmer, faster links between acute, community, and home care providers in Ontario has become a serious, collaborative business.

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IHT speaks with Mr. Warren Brown, President, Procura

August 31, 2011

Hello, my name is Warren Brown. As President of Procura, I am responsible for the vision, strategies and management practices of the company. We have a team of dynamic, dedicated professionals who manage the ongoing enhancement of our products and services, implementation and training and support for clients and corporate growth through business development and acquisitions. Their experience in the sector and a culture of client service are the key to our success.

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VON Transforms it’s Technology and Working Methods with LIFE

March 01, 2011

In January 2009, the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada (VON) entered into a $10 million business transformation partnership with IBM. Nicknamed LIFE (Leveraging Information, Forging Excellence), this two-year project aimed to improve the quality of information and the way it gets used.

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Remote monitoring of Nova Scotia heart patients

October 01, 2010

The 113-year-old Victorian Order of Nurses is finding new ways to solve the problems of the 21st century. In particular, it is embracing innovative technologies like telehealth to provide care to the steadily growing ranks of the sick and infirm in Canada.

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Electronic Medication Management

May 01, 2010

IT:informer believes that an understanding of the subject - Electronic Medication Management (EMM), is extremely important and needs as much shared industry dialogue as possible to ensure that the right environment is created for the adoption of EMM.

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Wireless solutions improve efficiency of home care providers

March 01, 2010

While electronic systems hold the tantalizing promise of a paperless workplace, health-care providers continue to fight old-fashioned paper blizzards and the problems that surround them. A desire to dig out from under just such a whiteout prompted the Greater Vancouver Community Service Society to seek a better way.

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Best Route increases capacity and reduces costs for home care sector

October 01, 2009

Home care agencies typically have hundreds – even thousands – of nurses and workers on the road visiting clients. Driving back and forth on these visits is costly and time-consuming, but it must be done – after all, clients rely on home-care personnel for help.

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Community centres embrace new care information system

September 01, 2009

A new care information system is revolutionising the way Blue Care manages information for clients and residents.

After more than two years of planning, the Blue Care Care Information System (CIS) Project was officially launched in March on the eve of its first rollout.

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